Description

i7-6700k, Water Cooling, GTX 1080 8GB VRAM, Gigabyte Gaming 7, 16GB RAM, NZXT S340 Elite White, etc...

Created this PC with my Christmas and Birthday money.

RECENTLY UPGRADED WITH: Corsair Dominator Platinum 32 GB (2x16 GB) - Insane increase topping me up to to 48GB RAM which is perfect for 2k res video editing!

NOTE: GTX 1080, HDD and Power Supply were transferred from my old PC.

This PC overall is amazing. I am very happy with the build and it looks very sexy. I would recommend anything with the budget of around 1.6k to go with this. (Originally), now looking at about 1.8k including my keyboard.

Has not given me any issues so far. So I am going to break it down by parts.

First up, the reason the I did the upgrade.

I7-6700k Cpu 4.0GHz (4.5 OC): Great CPU obviously.. Overkill but also amazing if you can afford it. CPU Usage for some games go very close to 100% however it performs. The games it hits high usage percentage are during mainly Pre Alpha games that are still unoptimized. Nothing much you can say about it, great so far.

Jumping from a AMD FX 8350... well you can imagine the difference overall. Especially in Unreal Engine 4 games.

ASUS ROG Strix GTX 1080 GPU - 8GB VRAM: Amazing GPU. I bought this ages ago for my old PC as the first step to an upgrade however I can say so much that it is a great GPU that I enjoy to have.

WARNING: Very big GPU. Struggles to fit in a lot of cases.

The LED's are great and the Fan Control is amazing. Around 50-60oC during gameplay and 32oC @ Idle on custom Fan Control settings to keep PC quiet. (Fans don't activate unless GPU hits 55oC.

Gigabyte GA-Z170 Gaming 7: Great Motherboard visually. A mobo is a mobo, it seems good. Has a debug LED, Overclock button and some other cool things like LED's.

Main reason for getting it is because it's compatible with the i7-6700k and I like the look of it. Has an easy to understand BIOS which is nice and a cool app center with added apps. Idle Temp: 27oC

Cool Master Nepton 240M: Looks very clean, has LED Pump and keeps the CPU very cool (As low as 19oC on idle and 34oC average on load).

However, on first install I did not put on enough thermal paste (didn't spread enough) and the tube had an awkward bend in it preventing liquid to reach the CPU resulting in 80oC idle...

Also, be sure to plug the pump into the CPU_FAN port on the Mobo (Black). NOT the CPU_OPT recommended for Water Coolers (White). It seemed to be causing the pump to not work at 100% and possibly a main cause of 80oC.

NZXT S340 Elite (White): Very nice looking case. Went with white because my current room, desk and everything is white. Would recommend to everyone to get if you want your first clean looking case with great cable management.

Cable management was a breeze for my first PC build and I'm so glad with the turnout. Power wise and looks wise thanks to this case and the cleanness. It also comes with 2 fans pre-installed keeping the inside extra cool.

Other things like PSU, RAM, HDD and SSD are pretty standard. Check out the pictures and let me know what you think or if you want any more info.

Comments

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

Building this pc for a late birthday present! Upgraded the CPU and mobo, but still roughly the same price. All I'm waiting on is the cooler and I can't wait to reascend after 3 months of using a console.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you manually OC that processor or is it just using the default OC? You should be able to get a lot more out of the 6700k with some manual tweaking.

I have the 1070 version of the Asus card. It is definitely on the larger end of the card size spectrum, but the fans keep it cooler than most

Looks good!

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Haven't touched OC the processor manually yet. Just enabled the Bios/Mobo OC. Over time I will try overclocking it and find the best way to overclock it. Only ever done GPU OC myself before. If you have any suggestions then let me know :)

Yeah I think the 10 series cards are just a lot bigger, especially if they have 3 fans.

Thanks!

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

What is the biggest difference you've noticed with the new processor and the 8350? I don't think I'll upgrade my 8350 for a few more years.

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

It's hard to say. There is definitely an increase but for me it was more about supporting and getting the use out of my 1080.

For some things I only see about 10 fps increase, but that is also bumping everything up to Max Settings.

Some game examples: All of these are currently 1920x1080 (haven't got round to messing with monitor resolutions)

BF1: Before: High/Med - 40-60fps Now: Maxed out - 100-140fps

GTA 5: Before: Med/High - 30-70fps Now: Maxed - 60-80fps

King of the Kill: Before: Med - 50-70fps Now: Maxed - 70-100fps

Squad: UE4 Game Before: Low - 20-40fps Now: Maxed - 60-75fps

You will see a huge difference on UE4 games.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Make sure to give it a good title! You already have your specs in the description. ;P

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

Done :P

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build man. My first build went considerably less smooth. You've got some great part choices that should last you a long while.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah man thanks! Hoping it does last years to come.

Maybe just add a little touch here and there to make it look even nicer like LED RAM or White Cable PSU, etc...

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Ha! Yep. that's how it goes. There's always one more upgrade! ;)

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Jealous of how much money you get from Christmas and birthday...lol. Great build, huge fan of the S340 Elite. +1 from me!

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

exactly what I thought jeez. GJ!

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

This was my 21st. Got about 600 because they all knew I planned on making a proper PC build with some of my own money.

I spent about £800-£900 total because I already had the GTX 1080 and the HDD since last year. So was combined Xmas/Birthday with £300 of my own.

S340 Elite is just stunning to showcase a build. Especially for a first timer of a complete build. Before this I had only ever done the basic GPU swap, RAM, etc...

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

whats the point of a nice windowed case and led's if its in the corner on the floor

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Desk space is currently limited. When I move to new accommodation/shared house next year I can move my own massive desk in to show it off.

For now it is fine as long as my chair does not scratch it lmao

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

I really like the way it looks and with those specs it must perform well i am building something similar soon and i hope mine turns out that well. Only thing I can say is a buety like that should not be on the ground especially with those awesome LEDs overall i think you made an Awesome good looking PC

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the many complements.

It's just a case of desk space atm. I cannot currently change the desk in my Student Accommodation so I have to make do till summer when I move in my shared house.

Good luck on your build!

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Ok i was just wondering about that because they is one hell of a good looking PC I hope your school goes well and thanks for the good luck i hope I don't need it :)

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks again.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

i didn't think there were 1080 builds under 2k. you are impressive

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

All it takes is some research. PCPartPicker really helped for comparing prices.

But then checking things were half decent and such I think I got a pretty good deal for the money visually and performance wise.

And thanks, but I am no where impressive with PC builds. I'm still pretty new to it.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

I was about to go with that cooler but I wanted to buy some games so I went with the Cryorig H7. Really like the look of your build!

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks a lot!

The cooler is great performance for the price. Only downside actually is that the LED logo is sideways because the cables did not work very well with it upright in my configuration.

There was a bad bend in the pump cable causing high temps. I don't really care that it isn't the correct way round.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Would you be able to recommend an air cooling system that would work in place of the liquid cooling? I'm interested in building this but I am absolutely terrified of a liquid cooling system lol.

  • 35 months ago
  • 0 points

those cables are ugly but its a nice build.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Yep, Old PSU I had to save a bit of money with multicolor cables.

Soon I may look for a PSU that has white cables or red to go with the Mobo. If you know any then link me at least 600w+

  • 35 months ago
  • 0 points

no. buy a modular PSu and buy cabl extensions. they look way better.

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  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

It seems to be in there snug. It is a heavy card regardless so I will keep an eye on it.

Think it might just be camera FOV/Angle that can make things look a little off.

Cheers for the shout though.